POLEGATE PLODDERS: would like more folk to join their running/jogging group please contact Brian Winn on 07765216990 or email brianwinn1@btinternet.com

SANTA SPECIALS: trains running at Spa Valley Railway, Tunbridge Wells West Station on weekends, December, 12 and 13 December, 19, 20, and 21. 22, 23, 24 December. High Weald dining train on 19 8Decembner.Telephone 01892 537715 To book your seats at www.spavaleyralway.co.uk Also running trains on Boxing Day 26, 27, and 28 December and 1 January 2016. There will also be an extra special High Weald Belle service on New Years Eve. Enjoy a 5 course meal, drinks and fireworks to see in the New Year. Please see website for details.

BOOK NOW: FOR Polegate Pantomime Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood taking place on 16-24 January 2016.Box office now open tickets available on line or call 483348. New for 2016 the family tickets only £30. For 2 adults and 2 children. Adults £10. Children and students £6. Performance taking place at Polegate Community Centre, Henty Twine Hall. 54 Windsor Way, Polegate. BN26 6QF

MEN’S SOCIETY :coffee morning held on the 2nd Friday of each month at St Johns Church Hall, from 10 am to 11.30 am. All welcome.

COFFEE MORNING: on Saturday 12 December held at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Polegate Gardner’s Society, all welcome in the lounge from 10 am to 12 noon.

ST AIDAN’S PRAISE: singers are performing on the Gift by Graham Kendrick on Saturday 12 December at Broadway United Church, the Broadway, Lindfield Road, Hampden Park. Refreshments after the performance. At 2 pm. Contact Mick Mulley on mjmulley@gmail.com

SUSSEX STRINGS :gave a grand performance of classical music pieces to a large audience at Trinity Church, Coppice Avenue, Lower Willingdon recently. The programme included works by Gustav Holts with St Paul’s Suite, followed by Bethlehem Down by Peter Warlock. A selection of songs sung by Helen Bruce included I know that my Redeemer Liveth by Handel, followed by the Welsh song Y Gylfinir – the Curloew, a traditional piece My Love is like a Red Red Rose, and My Wedding by Jonathan Dove. Next followed a new piece by local composter Paul Lewis, who was inspired to write this piece of music whilst walking along the Pevensey Levels. On Pevensey Levels, one could feel the wind blowing over the levels, hear the birds sing, and was transported by the peace and solitude of the levels. Finally playing Suite for Sings by John Rutter. Which was followed by an encore of Scottish songs. Thus bringing an end to a very pleasant afternoon. The Strings ensemble were directed by Simon Smith. A Charity concert in aid of the Children’s Respite Trust. For more info about the orchestra or would like to join them please email sussexstrings@hotmail.co.uk or check out website www.sussexstrings.btck.co.uk

WALK: on Saturday 12 December, with Marjorie B. Christmas Cheer, meet at the Pier 12.45 am to do a short stroll to Langham Hotel to join Graham for coffee and biscuits at 11.15 am. See main programme for details. Or telephone Marjorie 648623.

WALK: on 13 December Eastbourne YHA to Newhaven witb Clare K. meet bus no. 12 9.16 Terminus Road, to YHA stop where walk starts at 9.30 am. Drop out points at East Dean, Friston Dry lunch at East Dean. Extended walk towards Newhaven, depending on the weather. Could be muddy.

NEW BOOK: now being reviewed = Windmills of Sussex by Derek Nicholas, please contact Maureen for more info. maureencopping@yahoo.co.uk or telephone 01323 485971 www.maureenschoice.co.uk

POLEGATE MEN’S Society: meeting on Friday 14 December our speaker is Martin Povey giving a Christmas Message. Tea served from 2.30pm, meeting starts at 3 pm. Held at St Johns Church, Polegate. More info from Clifford 486638.

GETTTING READY for Christmas: Our last meeting for this year will be Wednesday 16 December. Come and visit our stall holders, and what’s more where are the people? More stall holders required who sell produce, crafts and other stallholders at Trinity Community Market, held on Wednesday mornings at Trinity Church Hall, Coppice Avenue, Lower Willingdon. From 9.00 am to 12.30 pm. There is no charge to visit the market. Present stalls include card making materials, greetings cards, Christmas cards, new local history books, including books on Polegate and Eastbourne, knitted silk scarfs, knitted baby jackets. Christmas cards now available. Refreshments and light lunches. We hold a weekly raffle for local charities. Our last meeting for this year is on Wednesday 16 December. If you would like to book a stall contact Wendy on 489002 email wendyandterrybrown@gmail.com

SOCIAL BINGO: last session for this year is on Monday 14 December, held in Polegate Community Centre. With the usual large raffle. We will continue again next year on Monday 11 January 2016

WALK: on 16 December Tiger spotting on the Downs. With Graham T. meet bus no. 12X 9.33 am Terminus Road to East Dean car park at 10 am. Finish at 13.00 5 miles refreshment stop at Birling Gap. 2 climbs.

COFFEE MORNING: on Saturday 19 December at Polegate Community Centre is hosted by Building Fund. All welcome in the lounge from 10 am to 12 noon. free mince pies, homemade preserves, bric a brac, raffle, jigsaws, books. Do come and join us.

WALKS: Vines Cross Return on 19 December with Mavis M. met at Horam Car Park 10.15 bus no. 51 9.23 am Terminus Road stop H. refreshments at Brewers Arms. Finish 12.30 5 miles, flat walking fields and 10 stiles. Return bus 12.49 or 13.19. or brisk pace to Caburn with Clare. Meet at Glynde village car park 10 am . GR 457088. Finish 13.15 7 miles., public house option. The 9.35 am train from Eastbourne arrives 9.53 am car park us 5 min walk from the station. Optional afternoon walk if folk are interested.

WALK: on 26 December Just Dancing with limite4d public transport available, please join us in the dancing at the bandstand. See local press for details.

WANTED: info on Miss Towers of Portsdown Manor, Lower Willingdon and would Irene Woodgate please email me on maureencopping@yahoo.co.uk as the email in her note does not work! Or telephone 485971.

WALK: on Sunday 27 December Twixmas, with Clare K. meet bus no. 12 at 9.16 Terminus Road, to South Downs Way. St Eastbourne Golf Club. Whee walk starts at 9.30 dry lunch East Dean , public house or café finish 15.30 9 miles drop out point after 6 miles.

WALKS: on Friday 1 January, New years Day Wander with Graham . arrange own pick up from the Avenue, Eastbourne, 9.346 am meet Alfriston long stay car park. Finish at 12.30 4 miles. Lunch in Memorial Hall. Bring own picnic. Hot soup, sweets, tea and coffee available. Or New Year’s Day alternative Alfriston Walk with John and Marion. Meet at the Avenue 9.46 am walk starts at Alfriston long stay car park 10.15 GR 521032 finish 12.45 5.5 miles.

WALKS: on 2 January 2016 Down and Haven Views with Colin W. Meet at Exceat Visitor Centre 10 am. GR 519995 bus no. 12X 9.33 Terminus Road Stand J. finish 13.00 5 miles or a longer walk Linear Ups and downs with Clare K. meet Terminus Road stand J. for 9.13 bus no. 12 walk starts at Seven sisters Visitor Centre. At 9.30 GR 519995 finsh at 1300 at Eastbourne Downs Golf Club, 9 miles. Optional afternoon walk, contact leader if interested.

THE NEW CYCLE Path: on Saturday 9 January 2016 with Catherine R. bus no. 512 9.48 am Terminus Road stand D to Ringwood Road – the first stop as you turn into Ringwood Road from St Philips Avenue. Arrive 9.55 am finish 12.00 2.5 miles, Prince’s Park café coffee stop. Stroll can be finished at Princes Park or walk back. Come if we, coffee at Catherine’s. leader at start.

MEN’S SOCIETY: meeting on 11 January 2016 our speaker is Canon Michael Cole on New Year talk. All welcome at St Johns Church with tea from 2.30 pm meeting starts at 3 pm. Our meeting on 26 January our speaker is Ben Pratt on Bee keeping. More info from Clifford 486638.

BURNS NIGHT: to be held on 26 January 2016 with Polegate Wine and Social Club, more details nearer the time.

WISHING EVERYONE: a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please send your reports in before the end of the year for January 2016.
 Email maureencopping@yahoo.co.ui or telephone 485971.

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